Uncle Sam Does Ukraine: U.S. Meddling Dims Prospects for Peace, by Mike Whitney

The so-called ceasefire is most likely nothing more than a ploy to regroup because the offered terms are simply ridiculous. It is no coincidence that it came at a time when the rebels were on a winning streak and the Nazi forces were falling apart.

You can read an excellent analysis by Stratediplo on the ceasefire to understand why it simply does not make sense.

Mike puts it all together by an excellent analysis of the situation across the board.

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“It’s Uncle Sam who’s pushing us into this slaughter. And let’s be frank, many politicians in Ukraine are just following his orders.”

– Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

The Minsk Ceasefire Protocol has very little chance of succeeding. In fact, the meeting between the warring parties was not convened to stop the violence as much as it was to buy time for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) to retreat and regroup. In the last two weeks, the junta’s army has suffered “catastrophic” losses leaving President Petro Poroshenko with the choice of either calling for a truce or facing the unpleasant prospect of complete annihilation. Poroshenko wisely chose to withdraw under cover of the ceasefire agreement. But let’s not kid ourselves, Poroshenko only accepted that humiliation because he had no other choice. Once he gathers his forces and rearms, he’ll be back with a vengeance.

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